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by Jean-Emmanuel Ducoin

The people’s Europe

Translated Saturday 27 June 2015, by Adrian Jordan

The editorial of Jean-Emmanuel Ducoin: “In Spain, in Greece like elsewhere, between humiliation suffered and burgeoning social anger, fists continue to clench to say ‘stop’.”

These lines, written with no excess of enthusiasm, just placed under the aegis of reality, simply witness the need to understand such emotion in the light of the situation. The Spanish well and truly issued a warning to the dominant austerity parties on Sunday, during local and regional elections. For example, by leaving ajar the door to Barcelona town hall for alternative candidate, Ada Colau - admirable anti-deportation activist. Podemos, principal heir of the indignant, now firmly rooted in the political landscape and making progress in many places, which vividly demonstrates, if needs must, a “lowly” popular movement linked to traditional party of social resistance, can “do” politics and “make” policies. Dual party Spain is rocked, soon it might be swept. This election therefore constitutes a nice surprise of recent months. It is not yet a tidal wave but a new breech at the heart of Europe. A strong signal!

This breach, with uncertain consequences, shows that nothing is fixed, In Spain, in Greece like elsewhere, between humiliation suffered and burgeoning social anger, fists continue to clench to say “stop”. Everyone knows, since the accession to power of Syriza in Athens, the entire coalition of austerity powers has rallied to prevent credible alternatives seeing the light of day. In Spain too, that liberal rage, endowed with considerable means, does not give in so easily. From the Commission of the market, the IMF of the banks, passing through the Merkels, Hollandes and all the others... none of the powerful relax the pressure. The Greeks and the Spanish have already suffered enough to know what they must endure to ride it out. They deserve our unwavering support, even if Podemos and all the Spanish left wing movements cannot be compared to Syriza. Everyone makes their own path. Others must be created and made to converge. The future of Europe depends on it. That is, the People’s Europe.

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